My awesome and amazing girlfriends threw me a luau-themed birthday party! This was a perfect way to forget the dreary January weather and post-Christmas blues.
It’s not a luau without cheesy tropical drinks. I made 2 pitchers of Bahama Mamas using orange juice, pineapple juice, Sierra Mist, sliced oranges, lemons, and limes. I added Malibu coconut rum to one pitcher; the other pitcher remained Virgin Mamas. I bet you can guess which pitcher was more popular.
My favorite Bahama Mama helped me garnish each drink with an orange slice, a maraschino cherry, and a drink umbrella!
My friend Matt is a very talented self-taught vegan chef, and he made carrot-ginger soup! He said he found it on a Hawaiian lady’s blog. I’ll have to ask him for the link. It was full of warming spices, perfect for a winter’s eve luau. We had that with some King’s Hawaiian rolls, provided by Kate. I love those.
I hate to say this, but it wouldn’t be a Hawaiian party without some Spam. Thanks to Sara and Marc for balancing out the vegan offerings!
I made some Hawaiian Fried Rice.
Jenny made me a heavenly glazed mango-coconut-macadmia loaf:
And Sara made a decadent chocolate-macadamia pie. So, yeah, my friends rock. I couldn’t be luckier. And now they all have birthdays coming up, so it’s time to start planning!
“I’m Tiki Man, and I approve this fried rice.”
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil: $0.04
canola oil: $0.06
1 lb firm tofu, diced $1.99
1 medium red onion, finely chopped: $0.79
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped: $1.43
1 small yellow bell pepper, fine chopped: $1.43
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped: $1.19
1 medium carrot, finely chopped: $0.08
5 cups cooked jasmine rice: $2.33 (I used the frozen kind from Trader Joe’s; would have been a lot cheaper to cook it the old-fashioned way)
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce: $0.05
2 tablespoons oyster sauce: $0.30
1 tablespoon sambal oelek: $0.12
1 cup diced pineapple: $3.49 (I used more than a cup, and it was the fresh stuff, already cut. It would probably be cheaper to use canned OR hack up a pineapple yourself.)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped: (I omitted these to keep it cheap)
= $13.30 for a HUGE wok-ful!